Working From Home

With more and more people quitting their jobs to pursue their passions as freelancers and home based entrepreneurs, the landscape of work is changing. Back in the day, you had to to have a 9-5 job – any job, especially if you were the man of the house – just to conform to society’s standards.

This often meant doing a job you hated, in an office you despised, much like what many people are still going through now. But what the heck. As long as it pays the bills and provides health benefits, all’s well that ends well. Right? Well, that pretty much sums up why 70% of Americans hate their jobs!

Shifting Gears

This has brought on a shift in the way people think. Many of them are realizing the benefits of working from home and are turning to freelancing or accepting positions as virtual employees for some of their income, while working on another side hustle to generate more money.

Telecommuting is fast on the rise, with an estimated 3.2 million Americans enjoying the comforts of working from home and many more international employees getting hired by companies who realize they could get cheaper talent abroad at a fraction of the cost. Freelancing has also become a pretty lucrative business if you’re skilled at what you do.

The benefits are awesome, to say the least:

  • Everyday is dress down day.
  • No traffic!
  • No jostling for position in a crowded subway.
  • Eat healthy, home cooked meals all the time.
  • Everyday is bring your pet to work day!
  • Everyday is bring your child to work day!
  • Perfect work-life balance.
  • Extreme flexibility.
  • Never be late!
  • Lower your carbon footprint.

These are just a few of the benefits of working from home. Of course, your pet or child can’t be with you for the duration of your work, but at least you can spend time with them during lunch or when you’re having a short break. Your office should also look and feel like an office, or your productivity will suffer.

What job can I get working from home?

There are many things you could get into while working from home. Here are some of the more lucrative jobs and projects you can take on:

Writer

If you’re a talented wordsmith, put your pen and wits to good use by offering your services as a writer. There are many options to choose from, depending on what you love doing. You can be a ghost writer, web content writer, copy writer or technical writer. Writers get paid either hourly or per project, so choose which one is most applicable for you, and don’t forget that you should charge for research!

English Tutor

There are many websites that can pair a native English speaker to a person from across the globe looking to learn, all from the comfort of home through VoIP. If you’re an English major or if you know how to teach basic English, tutoring is a great way to earn money from home. Conversational English may be part of the deal, but translation isn’t. If your client is looking to you to help translate a document, ask them to try a professional linguistic service.

mb-2015-10-laptopGraphic Designer

If you got an eye for design and color, a career as a freelance Graphic Designer may be in the cards for you. The good thing about this is that everything can done virtually, from talking to clients by VoIP to getting an idea what they want. Files can be shared instantly, and cloud computing makes collaboration much more easier to do.

Web Designer

Another creative telecommuting idea is to offer services for web design. These days, web design is all about templates, and sites like WordPress, Weebly and SquareSpace offer templates by the dozen. But if a client wants something unique and different, you can use your CSS and HTML5 skills to make them beautiful web pages.

Other good, work from home careers are in accounting, customer service, tech support, sales and programming.

See you at Home!

The list above is hardly complete and there are a myriad of other lucrative work from home jobs available if you know where to look and if you put in enough time and research into honing the skills you’re offering. Don’t forget to check out sites like Fiverr, Elance and Freelancer if you want to view what jobs are in demand and what other people are charging.

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How Business Skills Matter in Golf

Many people don’t make an immediate connection between business skills and golf. However, many of the owners of the top golfing properties have business experience that makes their golf courses some of the top in the business. Their expertise translates to better golf properties that have a lot to offer beyond the usual perks that come with a good golfing experience.

What Experience Do Many Top Golf Course Owners Have?

Golf course owners have a lot of experience in finance and reputation management that help them manage his golf property. Knowledge of networking makes a difference because people in business must constantly be on the lookout for new opportunities. Because golf tournaments play so heavily in fundraising efforts, knowledge of charity also plays a major role.

A Welcoming Atmosphere Matters

Regardless of whether a course attracts primarily golfers or an equal mix of other visitors, guests and visitors benefit from true hospitality. Many courses feature clubhouse architecture that is elegant, yet inviting at the same time. One thing that many designers do is make sure that the buildings have large windows, with stunning views of the surroundings.

What Are Some Landscapes That Matter in Golf Courses?

Many don’t realize that scenery plays a major role in the overall appearance of a golf course. Although the turf and the open spaces are important, people who come on golfing vacations are looking for a bit of tranquility. This peace that people are looking for is one reason that golf courses are popular in mountainous or coastal areas. Much of the surrounding landscape is fully intact for people to enjoy, and golfers may even have the opportunity to see local wildlife.

Benefits for Students

Many students excel on the golf course from an early age and want to continue playing once they go to college. Scholarships for college students help make this dream a reality for many young people. These scholarships have earned a lot of respect because the students not only have to have great golfing abilities but must also have good character and excel in academic subjects.

Greater Opportunities

Getting a scholarship or working as a caddie on a top golf course is a great way for younger people to have better opportunities. Many of the most successful people in the golfing business have had humble beginnings as caddies. Some have the good fortune to become professional golfers or course architects. A growing number of women have started to take advantage of these options.

Reaching Out to Kids

Playing golf well is something that increases confidence for many kids who may not feel as adept at other sports. Many children who grew up with a love for the sport have fond memories of playing with their parents. Courses that try to appeal to all age groups may offer classes or clinics geared towards kids and teens. These kids are more likely to have a lasting love for the sport in these circumstances.

Charitable Efforts

The world of golf is excellent for people involved with charities who want to make a difference. Tournaments and their related entry fees can easily provide a lot of funding for non-profits in need of cash. It’s not uncommon for some of the best tournaments to become annual events that are very well-publicized.
Successful business owners who do well in running a golf course will have a lasting legacy for years to come. There is always a need for courses that offer an excellent experience for golfers of all experience levels. These courses and the people who run them will continue to encourage players to reach new heights.
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What Are Your Most Memorable Work Stories?

I just figured out that I’ve been in the professional work force for nineteen years now.  I’ve worked at a variety of different jobs and have encountered many different people along the way.  Many have been long forgotten, but there are a few that left their impression.  I’d love to hear some stories of memorable co-workers or occasions that you’ll not forget.

Here are a few of mine, with my favorite at the end.

Bad Luck Does Strike Twice

I spent a few months down in Panama City Beach working at a hospital.  One of the guys that worked for me at the time was a little goofy, and after awhile, I commented, and someone pointed out “Oh, he’s been hit by lightning.”

Then they added, “Twice.”

I figured they had to be kidding, but they weren’t.  One time he was standing near a body of water and lightning worked its way through and jumped up to touch him briefly.  Another time, I believe he was in a building that got hit and some jumped to him.  Neither were serious enough to do permanent harm (his shoes were knocked off during at least one hit, if memory serves), but he did seem a bit ‘looser’ after that.

Since that area is prone to afternoon thunderstorms during the summer months, you best believe that I steered clear of him after around 3pm most days!

The Thief

There was a guy at my current job that seemed pretty good at what he did, but nobody really liked him much.  He just seemed a little….slick.  And, while he delivered results, he hinted all the time that he wanted more, that he felt he should be in a higher position and making more money.

Apparently those things didn’t happen fast enough so he took it upon himself to take the lead, at least on the money portion of it.  At our company, when desktop computers have reached the end of life, we work with another company that either scraps, recycles, or resells them.  After some numbers didn’t add up on the returns, they found that the shortfalls were tied to some of his projects, and were able to catch him skimming some of the computers.  He figured that they wouldn’t notice.

They did and that was the end of his job.

The Pregnant Accountant

We did some consulting work for a holding firm, and one of their accountants announced she was pregnant.  She was a woman of, well, considerable size, and as such, she didn’t ‘show’.  She went on at different points about morning sickness, ultrasounds, doctors mb-2015-06-chartappointments, getting things ready, all the usual things that expectant moms have.

Except that, as it turns out, she was never pregnant.

Nobody ever really heard the story about how she was discovered, but she never came back.  I believe the company tried to get her to get mental help, but nobody really knows much about how that went.

That’s kind of a sad one, but still one that stuck with me.

When You Shouldn’t Go To A Farewell Party

I was at one job for around a year when I was given a transfer to a different department.  Same company, same type of work, but different building and under different management.  I liked the opportunity.  The old department operated 24×7.  So, I had to work different shifts.  The new job gave me a chance to work normal business hours.

We were a pretty close knit team at the old job.  The manager suggested drinks after work on my last day to celebrate.  A bunch of us got together and had a drink or two.  It was a nice send off.  My manager unexpectedly offered to pay the bill, which was a very nice gesture.

She was a pretty meticulous manager and this went beyond work.  She’d been matching the drinks to people.  There was one drink she couldn’t account for.  When she asked the waitress about it, trouble was looming.  It turns out that the drink was someone who had come in before their shift.  Yep, they’d had a drink and then headed to work.

We had a strict policy.  Unfortunately, they let him go the following week.  I felt horrible, as it was my going away party.

The story did have somewhat of a happy ending.   I ended up working with his wife at a job later down the line, and she confirmed that he got another job, picked up right where he left off, and enjoyed success.  Luckily that happened during the late 90’s tech boom where IT jobs were easy pickings!

Insert Foot Directly…Well, You Know

This is my absolute favorite work related story and one that I don’t think will ever personally be topped.  Book ending Y2K, I worked for a very small company where there only about 15 people total, 5 of us on the server and desktop team.  Mike, one of the other guys, and I happened to be in the office at the same time as the owner, and we were in his office just shooting the breeze.

We were a small group so we knew each others families and such from holiday parties and such.  So, Mike was walking around the office, and he picked up a picture and said to the boss, “Hey, who’s this guy with your wife?”

The boss looked and said, “That’s me, about ten years and fifty pounds ago.”

Mike’s face went the deepest red I’ve ever seen a face go.   I just started laughing and didn’t sop for at least ten minutes.  The boss was a good natured guy and laughed it off.  Still, that story (thanks to me) became one that Mike didn’t live down until he left.  And yes, he did quit.  He wasn’t fired! 🙂

In fairness, the weight and years had changed the boss quite a bit.  What made it priceless was how he blurted it out.  And, the look on his face afterward.  They could have put the entire sequence on The Office.  They wouldn’t have had to change a thing.  It would have fit right in!

Readers, please share some stories along the way that you remember?

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Good Ways to Make Money from Home

No matter if you want to work solely at home or need a secondary source of income, there are plenty of ways to make money at home. You don’t need to invest in gimmicks either. Check out the below five ways to bring in more money working from home.

Educate Others Online

With the advances in technology and strong interest in learning online, you can sell your knowledge online to make money from home. You don’t need an office space; just your webcam and yourself. People are willing to pay you good money to teach them:

  • A new language
  • How to make a video
  • How to sew
  • Tutor them in math or history
  • Show them how to draft a resume
  • Teach them how to play an instrument

Whatever skill you have, just think of a way to present it in an interesting and unique format. Make your course stand out from the rest by finding a niche and delivering what people need, not just want you want them to receive.

Sell Homemade Items

If you are good at making items, you can make good money from home by selling them online or in person. Many homemade items sell just as fast as walking into your local retailer. One of the more popular sites to sell homemade items is Etsy. Here, you can sell items in over 40 categories including clothing, jewelry, handbags, draperies, and scented candles. There is a small listing fee per item; however, it comes out less than the cost of hosting your own web store, and the advertisement space is free.

Work for an At-Home Call Center

Another way to make money from home, which may demand a bit more of your time is to work for an at-home call center. A clear, yet friendly voice can land you a position as a call center representative. For many companies, you can choose your own shift to work. Many only require you to be available a few hours a day. Calls are routed to the center and then you answer them from there. Some call centers are very strict while others are a more laid back, relaxed atmosphere. As a call center representative, you will need a dedicated phone line, computer access, and possibly a headset.

Write an EBook

If you have a story you’d like to tell, writing an eBook may be for you. So in addition to having a valuable skillset added to your resume, you could potentially be an author of an eBook. EBooks are easy to develop. You can publish one using Amazon’s Kindle store. Just take something you have extensive knowledge of and solve a problem.

Become an Affiliate Marketer

Another great way to make money from home is to become an affiliate marketer. Instead of creating and promoting your own product or service, you’ll promote someone else’s. You can do so via your blog or simply promote it on your social media networks. Once someone buys the product or service using your link, you’ll earn a commission. A few affiliate marketing companies to look at include CJ Affiliate, ClickBank, and Affiliate Window.

The above five methods are ways you can get started making money from home today. It costs you little to no money and are fun to do.

Readers, do you make money working from home?  What are some of your money makers?

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